Edwin Clark, Ijaw national leader.

The Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) has reacted to a recent statement credited to Edwin Clark, national leader of the Ijaw tribe.

In an interview with BBC Pidgin, Mr Clark disparaged the seccessionist group demanding the actualization of the defunct Biafra Republic.

He said the group, which according to him is doing the wrong thing by asking for secession, was dreaming to think that the South-South geo-political zone will join it in the quest for Biafra restoration.

Responding in a statement, the group through its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, said sabotage and betrayal runs in the blood of the elder statesman, citing the thwarted second term political ambition of former president Goodluck Jonathan as example.

Messrs Jonathan and Clark are from the same tribe though different states but the latter was among those who ridiculed the administration of the former until it was voted out during the 2015 general election.

“The attention of the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), ably led by our great leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has come across a statement credited to Edwin Clerk during his BBC Pidgin English interview, where he said that Niger Delta is not part of Biafra,” Mr Powerful said. “We are disappointed by such a statement coming from a supposed elder statesman like Edwin Clark.

“Though he betrayed Biafra during the war of 1967-1970 against his brothers and sisters in and today, where is Edwin Clark in the scheme of things in Nigeria, only the monthly salary Fulani slave masters placed him for betraying his people then.

“Biafra will come Edwin Clark will fail in his betrayal salary getting from the enemy (sic) and on the blood of his people but he must know that he cannot stop Biafra with his inconsequential utterances cannot stop because he was paid to do so.

“We know his job and DNA is betrayal and sabotage even he sabotaged his brother former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as president of Nigeria.

“He always takes sabotage and betrayal as norms. It is unbelievable and unfortunate he continues doing this until younger generations knew that it is his hubby.

“The likes of Edwin Clark are the reason Biafra is being treated as slaves in their own domain today.

“A man at the age of Edwin Clark is supposed not to be economical with the truth or deceive the young generation because of parochial interest,” he added.